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Computer Science Minor

Computer Science and Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, 4-192 Keller Hall, 200 Union Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612- 625-4002; fax: 612-625-0572)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 13
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The graduate program in computer science offers coursework from across a broad spectrum of theoretical and applied computer science, combined with research opportunities in nearly all areas of the field. Faculty members advise students in such areas as algorithms and theoretical computer science; numerical, parallel, and high-performance computing; distributed computing and systems; artificial intelligence, robotics, and computer vision; databases and data mining; human-computer interaction and information systems; graphics and visualization; software engineering and programming languages; computer architecture and compilers; networking; bio-informatics and computational biology; and computer security. In addition, students may choose a course of study that integrates research in computer science with applications in other fields. Computer science degrees include the M.C.S., the M.S. (Plan A with thesis, Plan B with project, or coursework-only Plan C with coursework-based projects), and the Ph.D. The department also supports a master of science in software engineering (M.S.S.E.) degree. Faculty from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering also participate in a variety of other graduate programs, including BioInformatics and Computational Biology, Health Informatics, Cognitive Science, Scientific Computation and Human Factors and Ergonomics.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Master's
A minor in computer science for master's students majoring in other fields must include 9 credits of graduate courses in CSCI. The colloquium credit may not be included. There is a limit of one 4xxx course and a requirement of at least one 8xxx course or a 5xxx course that has a prerequisite of a 5xxx course. These courses must be taken on the A/F grading scale and a minimum GPA of 3.00 is expected.
Doctoral
A minor in computer science for Ph.D. students majoring in other fields must include 13 credits of graduate courses in CSCI, and should include the colloquium credit. There is a limit of one 4xxx course and a requirement of at least one 8xxx course or a 5xxx course that has a prerequisite of a 5xxx course. These courses must be taken on the A/F grading scale and a minimum GPA of 3.25 is expected.
Colloquium Credit
CSCI 8970 - Computer Science Colloquium (1.0 cr)
 
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CSCI 8970 - Computer Science Colloquium
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Recent developments in computer science and related disciplines. Students must attend 13 of the 15 lectures.